No new Fatima secrets

Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto

There is nothing yet to be revealed about the "secrets" of Our Lady of Fatima, according to Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, but their message is still relevant, Catholic News Service reports.

The so-called "secrets" speak of today's Christian persecution, in addition to the martyrdom of the past century, Cardinal Amato said at the opening of a May 7 conference on The Message of Fatima between Charism and Prophecy.

He added he had "the privilege" of reading the original manuscripts of the secrets of Fatima when he served as secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2002 to 2008.

"I meditated on them at length because they cast a light of faith and hope on the very sad events of the past century, but not only," he said.

Despite popular hopes that the 20th century would be a time of reason and brotherhood, "it was in fact a tragic period for Christianity," he said.

Besides the two world wars, he said, "most tragic" incidents of Christian persecution occurred, including "the Armenian genocide, the Mexican repression, the Spanish persecution, the Nazi massacres, the communist extermination and, in this first part of the third millennium, Islamist persecution."

"There are millions of victims of evil ideologies, which generated conflicts and continue to generate conflicts, hatred and division," he added.

"As Pope Francis often repeats, the church today is a church of martyrs, of those Christians who, defenseless, are killed daily out of hatred for their unshakeable faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ," he continued.

Cardinal Amato described the Fatima message, with its concrete allusions to war, division and tragedies, as "without a doubt the most prophetic of modern apparitions."

SOURCES

Fatima 'lifts veil' on evil, Christian persecution, says cardinal (Catholic News Service)

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